We are well in the middle of the Summer movie season, and while big hits like Age of Ultron and Mad Max have already made their mark on 2015, there are still many more big movies to entertain us in these hot days.
Release Date: June 3rd
Directed By: Doug Ellin
Starring: Adrien Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven
Vinny Chase and his entourage are back in this cinematic follow up to the popular HBO original series about a young actor navigating the film industry with the help of his childhood friends. I’ve seen every single episode of the TV show, so I’m pretty much the target demographic for this film, yet I’m not exactly excited about seeing it. The show began strong, but it became extremely repetitive in its final couple of seasons, sticking to the same exact formula: Vince is making a movie, Vince isn’t making a movie, the guys are having girl problems, Vince is making the movie and finally all the guys toast and hug it out. From what the trailer is showing, it’s looking like the movie is going to be more of the same, I am, however, curious to see how the show translates to the big screen, and I’ll take any excuse to see Jeremy Piven reprise his role as foul mouthed agent Ari Gold because he was the only thing I still really enjoyed about the show’s final years. It also looks like this movie is going to have a ton of celebrity cameos, which was always something that Entourage did quite well.
Insidious: Chapter 3
Release Date: June 5th
Directed By: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye and Stephanie Scott
Horror movies these days have become very lazy. There I said it, and I stand by that statement. Ever since Paranormal Activity became a big franchise, producers have realised that they can make more money by making a cheap and repetitive horror movie that tons of people will go see simply because it’s the only horror movie in theaters rather than actually putting money and talent into making something original and truly terrifying. The movie landscape has become absolutely flooded with boring and unoriginal ghost movies like Ouija, Oculus and Annabelle. The original Insidious managed to scare me and interest me in a way those haunted house films haven’t. Unfortunately, the second Insidious proved to be just a rehash of the first movie, and its attempt to explore the back-story of the spirit that haunted the protagonist was really disappointing. From the looks of Insidious: Chapter 3, we’re going to be getting yet another ghost movie filled with jumps, scares and annoying characters. I really hope I’m wrong, because I do like good horror movies, I just have no patience for mediocre or bad ones. I am happy that they have decided to follow the paranormal investigators rather than the family from the first two.
Release Date: June 5th
Directed By: Paul Feig
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Jude Law
I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest Melissa McCarthy fan. In fact, I’ve either hated or disliked pretty much every movie she has starred in. I do, however, really appreciate what director Paul Feig is doing by making female led comedies, something that is extremely important in this male dominated business. I just wished his movies were better. That being said, Spy seems like it could either be exactly what fans of Feig’s past team ups with McCarthy, Bridesmaids and The Heat, are waiting for, or it could just end up as another failed Mellissa McCarthy project like the atrocious Identity Thief and well meaning but ultimately flawed Tammy. Spy finds McCarthy playing a desk bound CIA analyst who is thrust into the field when the leaking of secret agent identities makes her the only person available to save the day. The concept sounds weak and familiar, but the trailer looks pretty funny and early reviews have been positive. I just hope there aren’t too many fat jokes, they’re almost never funny.
Release Date: June 12th
Directed By: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson and Vincent D’Onofrio
I can’t wait to see this freaking movie. The original Jurassic Park movies played an important role in my childhood, so much so that simply hearing that amazing John Williams score causes me to tear up out of an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia. I remember staring in awe at the creatures that Steven Spielberg had brought to life, amazed at what I was seeing. With Jurassic World, it’s as if a group of executives wanted to make a film that would appeal to all my personal joys. Not only is it a sequel to one of my all time favorite franchises, but it’s also starring Chris Pratt, who is currently my favorite actor in Hollywood. This time around, the park is open for business as hundreds of visitors are getting up close and personal with actual dinosaurs. Sadly, things go wrong when scientists have the terrible idea of creating and ultra smart dinosaur that escapes and reeks havoc on the park. I know the plot is probably not going to be too deep and it’s probably going to be exactly like all the other Jurassic Park movies, but that scene in the trailer of Chris Park riding a motorcycle with raptors makes me giddy with excitement like a ten year old.
Release Date: June 19th
Directed By: Pete Docter
Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith
Ever since the release of Toy Story in 1993, Pixar has consistently released new, emotional and high quality animated features (with the exception of the pretty basic Cars films of course) that have appealed to children and adults alike. With their latest release, Inside Out, Pixar will be exploring the mind of a young girl by introducing us to the living incarnations of her emotions including Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust. It’s a really interesting premise, and one that has a lot of potential. The voice cast is filled with great comedians, and it looks like this is going to be another trademark Pixar tearjerker, which is a good thing. The early buzz on this one has been absolutely glowing, so I’m really excited to see if Pixar can knock another one out of the park.
Release Date: June 26th
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Mark Whalberg, Amanda Seyfried and Morgan Freeman
I think Seth MacFarlane is a really talented and funny guy. His work on TV with Family Guy and American Dad has proven to be a go to time waster for me on Netflix, and I thought that his cinematic debut of Ted was one of the funniest movies the year it came out. With Ted 2, MacFarland is returning to his highly successful story of a rude, loud mouth talking teddy bear and his human best friend. The sequel has the titular Ted forced to legally prove that he is a human so that he can get married. This time around, Amanda Seyfried is stepping in as leading lady, replacing Mila Kunis who is inexplicably absent from this one. Hopefully, Ted 2 will avoid the drop in quality that plagues most comedy sequels.